Technology in the Blind Industry

Despite the span of your blinds and awnings business, upgrading to the latest technology generally is the last thing you think about when trying to expand business, create more productive workflow and improve profit without contributing additional time.

IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE

Ask any business associate you know who owns any business in another industry and they will let you know they couldn’t work their business without the technology they have acquired in the last 10-20 years. From accounting software, to customer relationship management systems, technology helps their business to develop and be more productive each year.

Are you as a Blinds industry business falling behind? Can you do everything faster with the trusty old pen and paper than on a PC? Most business owners can prepare quotes very quickly with high sales conversions, but it’s not about sales, it’s about maintaining the business more efficiently as a whole.

  1. Organise, automate and synchronise business processes
  2. Keep track of customer job details and business information
  3. Keep track of quotes
  4. Finalising quotes and processing final orders
  5. Sending orders directly to suppliers
  6. Tracking incoming materials
  7. Tracking progress of finished products.
  8. Preparing final installation and billing paperwork

ECONOMIC VALUE

CALCULATE THE COST OF NOT INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY

Figuring out the expense of implementing technology must start with ascertaining the expense of not investing in technology. As a business owner you must ask yourself how to best utilize the time you spend in your business.  Assess the time staff spend in handling printed material.

Where do you really create profit?

Taking care of the printed material won’t profit yet it is important to keep precise records and process exact quotes.

  1. How many hours do you spend on quoting in a week?
  2. How many hours is spent on amending quotes and writing up final estimates for the customer?
  3. How many hours is spent on ordering products, writing up work orders and installation orders plus job tracking?

INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY

BE MORE PRODUCTIVE

Utilising computer technology and software will help you to cut your printed material procedures by hours, hours that can be spent closing sales and completing jobs. Hypothetically if printed material procedures were cut down by 1 hour per day, that is 5-6 hours per week which gives an additional 24 hours for every month to work on business growth.

WHY

BLIND SOFTWARE

The blind and awning industry is not built on simple window treatments.  Utilising reliable Blind Software will cut down error rates in quoting and deliver in seconds a completed quote that can be emailed to the customer. Blind software can help sales staff with complex window treatments and with the added benefit of not wasting time manually re-estimating customer quotes,  processing vendor and workroom orders, installer procedures and billing paperwork.

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